Thursday, November 20, 2014

Build a Nursery with Me!! Part 2

Woodland Nursery Design Board!

This is the room before. The color was an awful shade of minty green!

Then I got the hubby to paint it for me and it looks so much warmer!!

The color I used was Universal Khaki by Sherwin Williams. This shade of khaki tends to change color throughout the day. It has green and grey undertones. It definitely has the masculine feel I wanted.
Painting your space should always be the first step. It lays the base for everything else to be layered on!

The next item that I have been working on is the dresser/changing table. This photo was my inspiration!

This is the dresser before. I bought it at a flea market for $40. It was in great condition and I loved the handles just they way they were!

I sanded the dresser to remove all stain.

I also sanded the drawers. but taped off the handles to keep them protected.

And this is the after! I used a mixture of Espresso, black, and grey stains. This technique takes time and patience. I like using a sponge brush and a wash cloth, that way I can control how much stain goes on and is absorbed. I just kept applying it in layers until I achieved my desired look!

Aren't these brass handles awesome! So glad I left them.

The last project so far was this adorable Rocking Moose! I found it at Ikea for $40. The only draw back was that it was red. Who wants a red moose? Leave it to So, I decided to spray paint it with Rustoleum's Hammered spray paint.

I will say that overall, I didn't love the application of this spray paint, but it did the job.

I started by pulling the red pieces from the box. There are only 5. The other pieces are natural wood.

I lightly sanded them down by hand to give the paint a little more to adhere to.

Then they were ready to paint! It only took one coat to cover and about 48 hours to fully dry.

Once everything was really dry, I put the pieces together! Is this not adorable?! It turned out just the way I pictured it in my head!

You can kind of see the texture in this close up pic. I just love how cute this is in the room!

So, that is all for now! I am currently working on curtains, a closet system, the rug, and some of the wall art. Update coming soon!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Build a Nursery with Me!! Part 1

I am so excited to share this post with everyone! I am about to begin the decorating process for our 3rd baby boy's nursery and I thought I would share each and every step with you! Think of it as Nursery Decorating 101. I will be sharing everything from my decorating process, to where I am making purchases, how I am saving money, how to plan space layouts, and tons of photos along the way!

  My first step in every design I do is to build a digital Design Inspiration Board. I normally choose a theme, color palette, or style and build around that. In this case, I went with a Woodlands theme.

  This is the part where tons of research happens. I use resources such as Pinterest, Houzz, Decor Pad, Google, Etsy, etc. to find things that inspire me. From there I put them all together on a board to make sure that all of the pieces fit. Now I can begin building the space step by step.

  Working step-by-step is so important when I am working on my own home. I am always on a very tight budget, which makes the process very slow. Starting way ahead of time is key lol. I will be sharing with you the order in which I will be doing things, along with detailed blogs on each item as they are finished, but I am going to start by explaining the design board to you following the numbers you see above...

1. DIY Deer Art: I plan on purchasing 3 white canvases and a decal sticker.
2. Barn Door behind the crib: Hoping the hubby will build me something like this from reclaimed wood, then attach it to the wall directly behind the crib as a focal point.
3. DIY Wood Art: By using reclaimed wood, stain, and decals, I am pretty sure I can duplicate this look for very little money.
4. Woodland Animal Alphabet: Purchase, print, frame.
5. Antler Curtain Tie Back: I will be on the hunt for this...
6. DIY Woodland Animal Mobile: I have never had a mobile in my babies rooms, but I saw this and thought I could just use some fishing wire, a wood ring, and some woodland animal Christmas ornaments to get the look I am going for. We shall see.
7. Dresser/Changing Table: I purchased a used dresser a few months ago thinking I would use it in my other son's room, but then ended up using a different dresser. It is just sitting in the garage, waiting to be utilized! I will be working on giving the dresser this same kind of rustic stained look.
8. Plus One fabric: I am debating on this fabric for the changing pad cover. I will probably be making my own.
9. Plaid fabric: I love this plaid too for the changing pad. hmmmm decisions, decisions.
10. Crib: I will be reusing the crib that I had in my last son's nursery. It is white with a brown base and clean lines.
11. Rug: I fell in love with this Aztec print rug from Target!
12. Animal Track Art: Print, frame, hang.
13. Rocking Chair: One of the best purchases I ever made was a gorgeous rocker, recliner during my first pregnancy. I have spent so much time in that chair and it is so comfortable! But after 2 boys, the fabric is pretty sad looking. I thought about having it reupholstered, but I may just get a slipcover. Not sure yet.
14. Wood Tree Carving Art: Frame a wood patterned paper with a heart and you and your spouses initials inside (like you would see in a tree carving). Super cute personal touch.
15. Wood Stump End Table: I am on the hunt to find something like this to sit next to the chair!
16.  Wood grain pillow: Using felt on top of a cotton pillow cover, I am going to try to DIY this one too!
17. Bear fabric: I found this on Spoonflower. I love the black and orange mix. I will be using this to make a teething bumper for the front rail of the crib (to cover up those beaver teeth marks lol) Why couldn't teething bumpers be in style years ago?!
18. Tartan Plaid Crib Skirt: Planning to make the crib skirt out of a flannel plaid.
19. Toy Box: Wood crate, add wheels, stencil on TOYS. Check!
20. Orange Baskets: I definitely want to use pops of orange here and there and I think baskets is a great way to do it!
21. Leather Pouf: Not sure if this will be store bought or a DIY project, but I love the look of leather in the space for a masculine touch.
22. Sheepskin Throw: Ikea has this for like $10!
23. Moose Rocking Horse: Another Ikea hack! This moose is $40 at Ikea, but it's red, so a little paint and voila!
24. Paint: The room will be painted in Sherwin Williams Universal Khaki. Mostly because I already have a gallon sitting in the if I can just get the hubs to paint the room...
25. Sconces: I would like to hang sconces on the barn door for a fun lighting effect, and run the cords behind to the outlet.
26. Banner: I will be doing a burlap bunting name banner from one sconce to the other across the barn door.

That's all. HA! Easy right?! Sure, if I didn't already have 2 boys under 4, and a million other projects going on! Good thing I have until let's get started! 

Follow along to learn how to build your own nursery! So excited to share this process with ya'll!